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Voluntary curfew in Ubon Ratchathani, 23 eateries closed in Chiang Mai as COVID infections surge

Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Governor Pongrat Phiromrat is seeking cooperation from people in the north-eastern Thai province by not leaving their home or lodgings between 11pm and 4am, as the province…

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New Year countdown celebration at Bangkok’s Iconsiam

Thailand celebrates the New Year amid Omicron fears

Fireworks burst across the skies of Thailand last night (Friday), as several provinces celebrated the arrival of the New Year, amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant….

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Police officer killed during seizure methamphetamines in Chiang Mai

A police officer was shot dead by suspected drug traffickers in Fang district of the northern province of Chiang Mai on Tuesday night, as he and his men tried to…

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Reviving Thailand: Start-up businesses

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Reviving Thailand: Tourism Businesses

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Michelin Guide Thailand 2022 sees six new restaurants awarded Stars

The latest Michelin Guide Thailand has been released, featuring new restaurant additions, from fine-dining to street food, in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Phang-nga, with Ayutthaya being the latest province…

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Reviving Thailand: Street Food

In March of 2020, the Thai Government declared a state of emergency. Soon afterwards borders were closed to foreign arrivals due to the stringent measures to curb the spread of…

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Most will not travel over New Year holidays, worry about Omicron variant – Poll

Most respondents to a Suan Dusit Poll say they will not travel during the New Year holidays because of their concerns over the COVID-19 Omicron variant and the expense. The…

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Thai tourist dies and nine injured in a road accident at Doi Ang Khang in Chiang Mai

A Thai tourist was killed and nine others were hurt, including five who have serious injuries, when a van in which they were travelling crashed into roadside rocks in the…

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Thailand’s Progressive Movement wins 38 mayoral seats in Sunday’s sub-district elections

Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said today (Monday), that he is pleased and proud with the movement’s achievement in the Sub-district (Tambon) Administrative Organization (TAO) elections on Sunday, which saw…

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On-site learning ban at Chiang Mai schools extended as COVID-19 pandemic spreads

The provincial communicable disease committee of Chiang Mai has decided to extend the suspension of on-site learning at schools until end of November, as hundreds of new COVID-19 infections surface…

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Communities in Chiang Mai locked down until Nov 24 as COVID infections surge

Fifteen communities in the municipal area of Chiang Mai province were locked down yesterday (Thursday) until November 24th by the provincial governor, as COVID-19 infections continue to spread. Everyone living…

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Tourists return to Thailand’s chilly natural attractions

Tourists are flocking to embrace the cool breezes and the beautiful sunrises at the Phu Ruea National Park viewpoint, in Thailand’s northern province of Loei, as temperatures fall to just…

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Doi Inthanon National Park to reopen to visitors on Wednesday

Chiang Mai’s Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand’s highest peak, will reopen to visitors this Wednesday, for the first time in several months. Visitors are attracted by the cool breezes and…

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Six travellers found infected with COVID-19 since Thailand reopens on Monday

Six travellers, of the 4,510 who have arrived in Thailand since the reopening of the kingdom to international travellers on Monday (November 1st), have been found to be infected with…

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A spark of life in Chiang Mai’s tourism sector

Many travellers have been heading to Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai, where four districts have reopened for tourism as this year’s cold season gets underway. Fog was seen this…

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6 more Thai provinces added to ‘watch list’ due to rising COVID-19 infections

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has added six more provinces to its “watch list”, in addition to the southern border provinces of Yala, Pattana, Narathiwat and Songkhla, due…

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Tougher health screening measures at Chiang Mai international airport

Due to recent surges in COVID-19 cases, Chiang Mai international airport has adopted an 8-step protocol, to make sure arriving passengers are safe, which may mean a delay of 2-3…

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Chiang Mai’s COVID-19 pandemic at critical point, ICUs almost full

Doctors in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai are expressing serious concerns that COVID-19 infections there are approaching a critical level, with the ICU wards in two hospitals almost fully…

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More field hospitals set up, 22 more villages locked down in Pattani as COVID cases surge

22 more villages in the Sai Buri district of Thailand’s southern border province of Pattani have been locked down and more field hospitals set up to cope with the steady…

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Two wet markets in Chiang Mai stay closed for another 11 days after more COVID-19 infections found

The Chiang Mai COVID-19 Situation Command Centre has ordered the Muang Mai and Sor Thor Gao wet markets to remain closed until at least October 22nd after 118 more COVID-19…

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Health officials race to curb spread of COVID-19 cluster in Chiang Mai’s Muang Mai market

Thai public health officials have been trying to track down 10 people from five different provinces who may have been exposed to COVID-19 during their visits to Muang Mai market…

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Chiang Mai’s Muang Mai market closed for disinfection after new cluster of COVID-19 infections emerges

Chiang Mai’s largest retail market for fresh food, fruits and vegetables, Muang Mai, remains eerily quiet for a second day today (Sunday) after the provincial communicable disease committee decided to…

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The research team from Chulalongkorn University’s chemistry department collecting sweat samples from vendors in a fresh market as they develop a novel device that detects the Covid-19 coronavirus through specific odors, in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand nears deadline to reopen – but Bangkok needs more time

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s 120-day deadline to reopen the country is approaching fast – but few provinces are ready to welcome international visitors without quarantine from October 15. Bangkok, the…

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Reopening of Bangkok, 4 other provinces likely delayed to November 1

The reopening of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan, initially scheduled for October 1st in the second phase of opening to fully vaccinated and COVID-negative international arrivals…

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This photograph taken on November 1, 2020 shows tourists visiting the Chiang Dao caves complex, which goes on for more than 10km and contains shrines, statues and Buddha images, located some 70km north of Chiang Mai. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Chiang Mai’s Doi Chiang Dao declared new UNESCO biosphere reserve

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has approved Thailand’s Doi Chiang Dao in the northern province of Chiang Mai as a new biosphere reserve, the fifth of…

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Bangkok postpones reopening to visitors from abroad to October 15

Bangkok will postpone its reopening to fully vaccinated and COVID-negative visitors from abroad, scheduled for October 1st, to October 15th, as the authorities want at least 70% of the city’s…

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Couple held by police as search resumes for missing girl in Chiang Mai

A couple is being been held in police custody for questioning in connection with the search for a 23-month-old girl, who went missing from a remote village in Mae Taeng…

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Massive search underway for missing child in Thailand’s Chiang Mai

A massive search was launched today, involving dozens of local police, border patrol police, rescue volunteers and villagers, for a girl aged one year and eleven months who has been…

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Chiang Mai eases restrictions on eateries, malls, convenience stores from Wednesday

Citing the low daily COVID-19 infection rate, of fewer than five cases for the past seven days, the provincial communicable disease committee of Chiang Mai has decided to ease some…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 3rd wave surpasses 100,000 cases on Sunday

COVID-19 infections, since the outbreak of the third wave in April, have crossed the 100,000 line to 100,637 today, with 3,382 new cases and 17 more deaths being logged, according…

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Bangkok Remand Prison.(Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Thailand’s overcrowded prison system a COVID-19 timebomb

Alarm is growing in Thailand after the Department of Corrections revealed that 2,835 COVID-19 cases had been found inside two major Bangkok prisons. Critics are questioning the Department of Corrections’…

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Chiang Mai records 281 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai recorded an additional 281 COVID-19 cases today (Sunday), mostly related to nightspots, prompting provincial authorities to expand facilities at the field hospital. According to…

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Closure of entertainment venues in 41 provinces starts midnight tonight

From midnight tonight (Friday) all the entertainment outlets, including pubs, bars, karaoke bars and massage parlours, in Bangkok and 40 other provinces will close for a minimum of 14 days,…

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Two pubs in Chiang Mai closed for 14 days after infected woman visited them

The Chiang Mai provincial communicable disease committee has decided to close two pubs in Muang district for 14 days, after it was discovered that a COVID-19 infected woman visited both…

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Thailand to reopen in four phases beginning April 1st

The Thai government is considering easing quarantine requirements and restrictions on travel to Thailand, which will be split into four phases. The spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s office, Anucha Burapachaisri,…

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13 areas in northern Thailand suffering with excessive amounts of PM2.5 today

Thirteen areas in the northern provinces, especially Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, were found to have PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere at levels which exceed the 50-micron safety standard, with…

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This photograph taken on November 2, 2020 shows visitors taking pictures of the gold plated stupa at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thai tourism ministry proposes vaccine program in 5 tourism hotspots

Thailand’s Tourism and Sports ministry will propose that the Public Health ministry organize an inoculation campaign in 5 tourism provinces and discuss the prospect of vaccination passports. Tourism minister, Phiphat…

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Magnificent Mae Kuang Dam. PHOTO by Yoteyord Klangsombut

Northern pleasures: off the beaten track in Doi Saket

Chiang Mai remains one of the most popular destinations for the long holiday celebration but lesser-known Doi Saket offers attractions of its own With the Thai Cabinet adding 8 special…

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DJ Matoom Thailand Super Spreader
A photo Techin Ploypetch posted on his facebook page on the night of his birthday, January 9th, 2021

How one partygoer became Thailand’s first ‘super-spreader’

Thailand looks poised to confirm its first official “super spreader” as fears grow over the scale of the latest cluster infection. The hashtag #DJ Matoom is top-trending on Twitter after…

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(Photo taken in Chiang Mai by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Chiang Mai to reopen its night market this week

Chiang Mai is preparing to open its popular night market tomorrow (Wednesday), after no new COVID-19 cases have been recorded there for 6 consecutive days. Chiang Mai governor, Charoenrit Sanguansat,…

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Children’s Day YouTube video melts hearts, sparks hot debate on inequality 

With Children’s Day last Saturday (Jan 9) mostly limited to online activities due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a YouTuber stole the show with her video about poor kids in a…

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Passengers wearing facemasks as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus wait for their train at the Central Railway Station in Bangkok on March 31, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Bangkok closes entertainment venues, Chiang Mai imposes travel restrictions

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered the closure, until January 4th, of horse race tracks, cock-fighting and fish-fighting rings, as well as entertainment venues as COVID-19 infections spread to…

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Thailand’s UDD leader raises questions over the new US consular office in Chiang Mai

United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), or “Red-shirt” leader, Jatuporn Promphan, has raised questions about the construction of a new US consular office in Thailand’s northern capital of Chiang…

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Police say key witness in Red Bull heir’s case met other biker before his death

Chiang Mai police have found new evidence showing that the dead key defence witness in the Red Bull heir’s case, Mr. Jaruchart Mardthong, and the other motorcyclist involved in the…

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Key witness in Red Bull heir case dies in road accident in Chiang Mai

A key defence witness, whose testimony was instrumental in the decisions by the police and public prosecutors to review and not litigate the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case, died in…

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Animals saved from forest fires treated at a clinic in Chiang Mai

Twenty wild animals have been rescued from forest fires in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai and they are now under the care of an animal clinic operated by the…

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Chiang Mai imposes partial lockdown

Thailand’s norther city of Chiang Mai is to impose strict measures to limit gatherings of people in venues deemed at high risk of enabling the further spread of COVID-19. From…

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Japanese long-stayers in Chiang Mai

Many retirees around the world dream about living their life in other countries, and Thailand is one of the best destinations. In Chiang Mai, there is a group of Japanese…

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Story of Japanese long-stayers in Chiang Mai

A lot of retirees plan to live in other countries, and Thailand is one of the best destinations for them. Thai PBS World met with the vice president of Chiang…

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Magnitude 5 earthquake may hit Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in next 10 years

Thailand’s northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai may face a magnitude 5 earthquake, as measured on the Richter Scale (ML), in the next 10 years after a 4.1…

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Chinese veterinarians arrive in Chiang Mai to probe into Panda death

BANGKOK, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) — The Chiang Mai Zoo said on Thursday that Chinese veterinarians have arrived at the zoo to discuss a joint autopsy probe with Thai counterparts regarding…

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Advice from digital nomads in Chiang Mai to the newcomers

In today’s world the tremendous advances in digital technologies have allowed people to work from anywhere in the world; by the seaside, up a mountain or near the tranquil river,…

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Chiang Mai to open new 1.44 hectare public park on Charoen Prates Road

City staff are reported to be working hard on landscape improvements, including the planting of large trees, in an area to be named “Charoen Prates Park” when the renovations are…

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Nimmanhaemin Rd. chosen as pilot to transform Chiang Mai into a smart city

Nimmanhaemin Road in Chiang Mai has been chosen as the location for the pilot project in the transformation of this northern province, famous for its rich culture, into a smart…

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Canadian tourist dies in fall from zip line in Chiang Mai

A Canadian tourist died today after falling  from a zip line in the forest of Mae On district in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai. The victim, 25-year-old Spencer Charles, plunged…

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PM to fly to Chiang Mai on Tuesday to discuss haze problem

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will fly to the northern province of Chiang Mai on Tuesday morning to chair a meeting of upper northern provincial governors to discuss the haze problem…

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Chiang Mai likely to suffer haze problem until May

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai is likely to face health-threatening haze problems from PM2.5 dust particles until early May, or the arrival of the rainy season, due to uncontrolled…

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Smog problem eases in and around Bangkok with only 12 affected areas

Thanks to better air circulation and morning breeze, smog condition in and around Bangkok has improved considerably with only 12 areas affected by excessive PM2.5 dust particles.  The Pollution Control…

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Two tourists held for spray-painting Chiang Mai city wall face stiff jail term

Two foreign tourists charged with vandalism for spray-painting graffiti on an ancient city wall in Chiang Mai face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty, police said on Friday. Briton…

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Sam Mitr boasts of chance to beat Pheu Thai, claims 3 more ex-MPs to defect

Sam Mitr (Three Allies) group, seen as the military junta’s political arm, has claimed it has a good chance to win over the former ruling Phue Thai Party in the…

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Cabinet endorses two tramway projects for Chiang Mai, Phuket and Phang-nga

The Cabinet today gave a greenlight to the Mass Rapid Transit Authority’s two light rail transit or tramway projects – one in Chiang Mai and the other in Phang-nga and…

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Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai highway reopened

The main highway between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces in the upper North has been reopened to traffic after the five sections damaged by a flash flood were repaired….

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